This week in New York, a launch party for Emily Books; n + 1 readings at The Kitchen; How I Learned the Rules of Attraction: Stories About Online Dating; Happy Hour poetry reading with Jericho Brown and Mark Doty; a reading from the Beautiful Life, the Annie sing-along!; and a marathon reading of The Adventures of Mao on the Long March.
MONDAY 11/28: It’s the launch party for Emily Books, an independent e-bookstore that specializes in fiction and nonfiction by women, started by Emily Gould and Ruth Curry. There will be an open bar for the first hour sponsored by Tumblr, a reading from Eileen Myles, Inferno, and a raffle. Housing Works Bookstore Café. 7 p.m. Free.
TUESDAY 11/29: n+1 presents A History of the Present, an evening of readings from contributors to the 12th issue: Conversion Experience. Hosted by n+1’s founding co-editor Chad Harbach, the night will feature selections from Richard Beck, Elizabeth Gumport, and Kent Russell. The Kitchen. 7 p.m. Free.
WEDNESDAY 11/30: It’s the last How I Learned reading of 2011. Tonight’s theme is “How I Learned the Rules of Attraction: Stories About Online Dating,” featuring Kevin Allison, Craig Baldo, Chloe Caldwell, Amanda Duarte, and Brad Lawrence. Hosted by Blaise Allysen Kearsley. Happy Ending. 8 p.m. Free.
THURSDAY 12/01: This one’s for all you crime buffs: author Robyn Walensky will read from her new book, Beautiful Life, which focuses on the CSI behind the Casey Anthony Trial. 6 p.m. Free.
FRIDAY 12/02: A happy hour poetry reading with Jericho Brown, Please, and Mark Doty, The Art of Description: World into Word. Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House. 5 p.m. Free.
SATURDAY 12/03: Dust off your red wig and spend the night singing along with Annie and her friends at the screening of Annie, complete with a sing-along at the 92Y Tribeca. Hosted by Raven Snook. 10 p.m. $13 ticket includes one beer.
SUNDAY 12/04: Sunday’s the day for a marathon: a five-hour reading of Frederic Tuten’s first novel, The Adventures of Mao on the Long March, to mark the 40th anniversary of the novel’s publication and the grand finale event to celebrate the 75th anniversary of New Directions Publishing. Readers include Deborah Eisenberg, Philip Lopate, Walter Mosley, Lynn Tillmann, Edmund White, and many more. Hosted by The New Inquiry, BOMB Magazine, and ForYourArt and sponsored by Google Places. The Jane Hotel. 2:30 p.m. Free.